Ipswich Town boss won’t take a chance on inexperienced youngsters until survival is confirmed

Andre Dozzell

Andre Dozzell

Ipswich Town manager Mick McCarthy says he will not risk fielding the club’s inexperienced youngsters, until the Blues are mathematically safe.

New signing Danny Rowe has yet to make his debut for the Blues, while Andre Dozzell is on the periphery and new loan signing, Dominic Samuel, is recovering from a broken toe and is yet to make his Ipswich bow.

Others that have impressed are young striker Ben Morris, who has been in good form for the under-23s, and on-loan Braintree Town striker, Monty Patterson, who is a full New Zealand international.

“I will still be looking below until we know we are in the Championship again next season,” said McCarthy.

“When we get into that position when we can look forward to next year, then I’ll look at doing something different with the team, certainly giving some of the youngsters a go.

“Danny Rowe has impressed everyone in training and he’s waiting for his chance. We should have Dominic Samuel back by then. Andre Dozzell, certainly, could come back in. The system we are playing now would suit him. Tristan Nydam is another.

“It’s important when the young players come in towards the end of the season, that they show they can cope with the level they will be playing at.

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“You can never be sure until they are out there on the pitch but Tristan has impressed me in training and playing for the U23s. He’s a good player. One for the future.

“There maybe others that will get their chance but I want to be in a position where we know where we are next season first.”

The club’s promising youngsters will be looking to follow in the footsteps of recent graduates to the first team, Teddy Bishop, Josh Emmanuel and Myles Kenlock.

Dozzell does have limited experience of the Championship, and scored on his professional debut at Sheffield Wednesday, last season, while still aged 16.